Monday, 13 May 2013

Judicial Reform Is Not A Witch - Hunt - CJN

Aloma Mukhtar

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mukhtar has said that the ongoing judicial reform embarked upon is not to witch-hunt any legal practitioner in the country. 

Justice Mukhtar who made this known at the opening of a two-day workshop organised by the Nigeria Bar Association Rule of Law Action Group held at the City Hall in Lagos said the reform is meant to bring sanity into the country’s judicial system.

She said the Nigerian Judicial Council cannot afford to slack in its effort to ensuring a better judicial system.

Muktar however lamented the negative habit of the litigants and lawyers who have engaged themselves in negative habit, using petition as an alternative to appeal.

Meanwhile, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos state and the state Chief Judge, Justice Ayotunde Philips have condemned the recent kidnap of the wife, daughter and driver of the Supreme Court Justice, Bode Rhodes-Vivour.

Fashola at the opening of the NBA workshop lamented the political and socio-economic problems in the country.

He said the judicial system of the country must urgently formulate its own strategies that would help deal with issues affecting the country. 

The governor said the judiciary would have the biggest part of the blame if it failed to fix the problem confronting Nigeria. 

For her part, Justice Philips urged lawyers to assist the government to ensure a society that would operate with law and order.

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